June 23rd, 2009
04:15 PM ET
13 years ago

First on the CNN Ticker: Sanford, wife still haven't spoken

SULLIVANS ISLAND, South Carolina (CNN) - Gov. Mark Sanford's office may have spoken with him today, according to a spokesman - but his wife Jenny still has not, she told CNN Tuesday afternoon.

"I am being a mom today," she told CNN's David Mattingly. "I have not heard from my husband. I am taking care of my children."

Jenny Sanford told the Associated Press Monday that she did not know where her husband had gone, but was unconcerned, according to The State newspaper. The GOP governor's office said Tuesday they have spoken with him, and that he will be back on the job Wednesday.

Filed under: Mark Sanford
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. James M. Holmes

    Kiss 2012 goodbye nutball! Not that you ever had a real chance anyway...

    There is alot more to this story and it will come out!

    If it is a personal matter between him and his wife, that is fine, but he also has a job... try to leave your job for a week with no explaination and see what happens! The un-elite like us would all have been fired. End of story... this story though is just beginnning!

    But leaving your wife behind with teh kids, on father's day no less... well that is just low!

    I can't wait until another "holier than thou" Republican decides to preach to us about family values again! Can't WAIT!

    June 23, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Sanford's own Lt. Governor didn't know where Sanford was. Something is terribly wrong with that picture.

    June 23, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. CAl


    "It's odd that this is recieveing so much press"

    sound like you want us to stop picking on that idiot govenor of SC. Well slim shady this, moron takes a car paid for by the people of his state and for all we know is living in a luxury cabin or hotel all on the state and people like you have the nerve to talk about the President!!! Now you want us to just let this fade into the background. That's the problem with people like you, you can dish it out but you can't take it

    June 23, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. True story

    Carole, add this to your comment: While Hurricane Katrina was menacing New Orleans, Bush was on his Texas ranch hosting a birthday party for McCain. Now, Pres. Obama takes the wife out for a little diversion in New York (pumping a bit of much needed cash into the Broadway business) and the haters still cannot live this down.

    June 23, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Mary

    Open your eyes for those trying to protect this guy. He is a slime bag!!!His wife said that she didn't know where he was, but was not concerned. Then even after it is in the news, he contacts his office to tell them he will be in on Wednesday. But still hasn't spoken to his wife??? I cannot see any self respecting woman trying to defend this guys actions. He was cheating!!! It will get out who he was with soon enough. In the meantime, he just killed any dreams of running for any other elected office. All his opponent would have to do is show an empty office with the caption "Where's Sanford? Gone hiking" end of story.

    June 23, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Melissa

    It has to do with the public when a PUBLIC FEDERAL Governor disappears with no explanation for five days. Deal with it.

    June 23, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Chris

    It was my understanding that he let certain office/security personnel know where he was. With Mrs. Sanford saying she had no idea as to his whereabouts, that pretty much leaves no question as to why he had to get away for a bit.

    June 23, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    tabloid politics...thank you advertising industry

    June 23, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. johnnie

    who cares, cnn, cnn is misssing just as well, with the likes of bill racist bennett, and david gargle gergen, you getting as bad as foxs news, who gives a damm about sanford, you are becomimg like your sister fox limpbach news and hannitys counsin. the american people could care less about this clown of the stimulus, cnn at one moment during the 2008 election ,you looked credible, but now wolf bliztzer is dragging, you need some lessons from msnbc, the obama network, yea ,its about time the democrats ,had their own network,sanford come on, lou dobbs needs to be permantly missing off the airwaves today period. am so sick of the lies your phony network tells about ,the president of the united states of america barack obama. cnn is a loser.

    June 23, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Wolves 4 Palin Charlotte, NC

    Being the fiscal responsible GOP person that I am; I want to know if the stimulus package or the state of S.C. is paying for his jaunt.
    I am also concerned that he and Palin are somewhere killing the new moose that have been introduced to the mountains of North Carolina.

    June 23, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. You had your window Repubs, and you blew it!

    I understand what your saying Walker, but did you go on "a getaway" this Father's Day weekend without your family and without speaking to your family the whole weekend?

    If he is trying to escape from his problems then this just displays that his problems include his family.

    June 23, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. NatTurner

    If this has nothing to do with "the public", I suggest that he remove himself from "public" office. The only hero here is the wife who did not mince words. This man was not elected to go on days long private hikes with God knows who without anyone knowing where he is. So, rethugs, who was running the state when nobody could find this guy?

    Barack can't take his wife to dinner or hold hands without you narrow-minded warmongers pooping in your pants. But this guy abandons his children over father's day for a four day hike without telling anyone, and you people say its none of our business?

    No wonder only 27% of Americans identify with the Republican party. You peple are pathetic!

    June 23, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Party of NO

    how irresponsible and weak.this guy obviously can't take the pressures of being governor so he just disappears?and he wants to be our president?
    shows how truly weak and pathetic conservatives are.

    June 23, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. Willy Brown

    And the smearing continues by our liberal media.

    June 23, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. mag

    This is the new family values as preached by the GOP...

    June 23, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Enlightened Voter

    He's a conservative, a republican, what do you expect? They are heartless, cold machines, period. Love it how he's doesn't want to take money to help his state yet fully supported the illegal war in IRaq and deregulation of the banks just like every other rethug did. Now they are trying to blame the man who is actually trying to fix it, President Obama! Hey rethugs, do you guys have consciences??? Just asking...

    June 23, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Cruzan Obama Mama

    And this is the person they said wanted to run for POTUS? How was he going to deal with the pressures that, that job entails if he could barely cope with being the Gov. of SC. This is crazy to me...all of the Repubs that criticize Pres. Obama's every move, but offer no suggestions or other solutions cannot possibly justify this.

    This man just disappeared leaving his job, responsibilities and most of all his family behind. Also, what everyone is forgetting is that the weekend he chose to go exploring was FATHER'S DAY weekend!!! Isn't this the party with the best FAMILY VALUES? GIVE ME A BREAK.

    June 23, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Jane

    And why is this important, iven what's happening in places like Iran????

    June 23, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Jamie from Riverside

    What is up with all the Republican Govenors lately?
    Everything Sarah Palin has ever done or said in the last year for beginners and then the lovely gift Arnold Schwartzenaager sent last week, a statue of some bull's balls, now the incredible vanishing SC governor. All that's missing are clown cars and some trapeze artists.

    June 23, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. Rob

    Gee, with a headline like this, CNN sounds more like TMZ, or the National Enquirer. Good to know that with the Iranian government killing protestors (and a U.S. president who is looking the other way), an economy that is getting destroyed by a president and his fellow pipe dream Democrats, and plans do destroy healthcare in America, that CNN instead decides to go for the real story.

    Careful CNN, the slime's gonna start covering your camera soon.

    June 23, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Moderate Democrat

    Boy, them family values sure are at an all time low in the republican party. Oh wait, no they aren't. They've simply been lying about it the whole time. The morons are actually the idiots who bought the ridiculous slogan.

    June 23, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. jenn

    Gov. Sanford is entitled to have private family difficulties without press involvement. He is NOT, however, entitled to walk off the job for days without key members of his administration knowing where he is. His employers–that would be the public–absolutely have the right to know about the situation. Sanford's disappearing act wouldn't fly at any job, but it is especially egregious when he is in charge of an entire state.

    June 23, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. USA Patriot

    I'd be fired if I disappeared from my job for a week with no notice. My spouse would also throw me out of the house. This guy sounds like a conceited nut job. Will there be consequences?

    June 23, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. zago

    Where are the GOP's family values. That guy is beneath the dignity of the gubernatorial office. What an awful way to teach our kids

    June 23, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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